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Book One World War Three 1946

Book One World War Three 1946
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Coup in French Indochina by RangerElite

Far East Theater in WWIII 1946

10 September 1946

Ever since May, he had felt the call of his convictions leading him to this point. At only 24, Trinh Minh The could not ignore it, anymore than a zebra could change its stripes. Leaving his father and brother in the Cao Dai stronghold of Tay Ninh province, he left early in May, to hold a clandestine meeting with the ineffectual leaders of the VNQDD (Viet Nam Quoc Dan Dang, the Vietnamese chapter of the Chinese Kuomintang party) in Hanoi. He did not want to stopped by any of the patrolling French forces, who would arrest him, or by the lurking VietMinh, who would kill him for sure, so Trinh dressed as a coolie and only traveled at night.

When he arrived in Hanoi three days later, his first impression of VNQDD leadership was of a fat, lazy, corrupt organization, its members only looking to enrich themselves. After the meeting, Trinh resolved that he would suborn and use their organization as a way to eliminate the VietMinh, unify the Vietnamese people under non-communist governance and secure religious freedom for his people, throwing off the yoke of Roman Catholic tyranny.

He started immediately to build his power base, among his fellow Cao Dai religious followers, and members of the militia, of which he was an officer, and invited VNQDD leadership to Tay Ninh province, under the auspices of pledging allegiance to them. Instead, he imprisoned them in a village prison and proclaimed himself the new leader of the VNQDD. He enacted reforms throughout the party, eliminating anyone who engaged in graft or corruption (he was famously photographed shooting a VNQDD official dead in Saigon, for corruption), and promising a true, American-style, constitution, with all the same rights and liberties, especially religious freedoms, for everyone, without exception.

He took his militia, the LienMinh, and marched from Tay Ninh, to Saigon, then to Dai Moi, making speeches and recruiting new fighters, along the way, for his army. Then he began to march his army up the coastal road, up to Nha Trang, where he stopped them to train, reequip and reprovision. At this point, volunteers were pouring in from all over Vietnam, from Lao Cai in the north, to Ca Mau in the south, from Hue and Da Nang in the east, to Buon Ma Thuot in the west. His army had grown so much, that even French troops surrendered to him. He granted them amnesty, in order to have them train his troops in modern warfare. His forces were bolstered when the Garde Indigene and Vietnamese troopers of le Regiment Etranger de Parachutistes pledged their allegiance to his army.

But he had a problem: How was he to defeat the VietMinh and take the government, without firing a shot? It was apparent that they were not impressed by his leadership skills, and wished him dead. There had already been two failed assassination attempts on him, since taking control of the VNQDD. He had to eliminate Ho Chi Minh, and the entire VietMinh leadership, but how to do it? And just as suddenly as the thought appeared, the answer became equally apparent...

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